GoFundMe Page Raises More than 2 Million Dollars for Victims
By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – Oct. 3, 2017) — As the nation struggles to make sense of Sunday night’s horrific massacre at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas, Christian music artists are sharing their thoughts, offering hope and praying for peace.
On Facebook, Pat Boone, singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man and humanitarian, said: “If there was ever a time for us as a people to truly commit to BEING, not just saying, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, it’s now. Only the God who gave us America can protect us against demonic chaos and sadistic violence… We all need to be on our knees, not with political protests, but asking for forgiveness for abandoning our Creator.”
“Sadly we live in a flawed world and we’re all vulnerable. It’s so important to continue to campaign for love instead of hate. Love prevails, always. Praying and thinking of all the souls lost in Las Vegas and continued prayers for all the injured as well. God Bless you all and God Bless Las Vegas!” said Michael Sweet (Recording Artist / Lead Vocals & Guitar for STRYPER).
GARY CHAPMAN said: “The war between love and hate, good and evil rages on. Some days (like today) it feels as though the darkness is gaining the lead. We must not allow ourselves to believe that lie. The heroism of law-enforcement and first responders along with the total strangers who saved lives is a testament to the goodness which will ultimately overcome the darkness. Our Hope abides in the reality of Jesus.”
“I don’t have the words to describe how heavy my heart is after today’s events in Las Vegas. It seems the evil in this world is exacerbating so quickly. We all have to keep spreading the word of Jesus Christ he is truly the answer,” JOHN ELEFANTE (Recording Artist / Former member of KANSAS).
NATASHA OWENS said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of another senseless tragedy. My heart is broken for the victims and their families. This is a subject that is very dear to my heart. My father was also killed by the hand of a gun. May we hug our families a little tighter today. May the people in our lives never doubt how we feel about them. Psalms 34:18 states that God is always near the broken-hearted. I pray that God will surround the families with his perfect love, comfort and peace. This is a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented if the heart had been different. For this is not a gun issue, it is a heart issue.”
“My heart breaks for the victims of last night’s Las Vegas attack. It is a tragedy on so many levels, including the fact that this devastation happened during a time of music and fellowship. My thoughts and prayers go out to all,” said JENNIFER MCGILL (Recording Artist / Former co-star of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club”).
SEAN LOCHE (HIGHER VISION) said: “We find ourselves at a loss of words in the heinous attack against the wonderful people in Las Vegas. Our prayer is that every family member affected by this tragedy will find hope and peace that only God can give. We pray for the first responders, the medical professionals, and the city as they move forward inch by inch. Let hope rise and the peace that passes all understanding fill our souls.”
“Tragedies like Las Vegas have a redemptive tendency to unite us. Our divided nation is in great need of healing, so we pray that goodness and unity would come from this attacker’s evil intentions and that peace would abound in the hearts of all affected,” said OUT OF THE DUST.
STEPHANIE JOY said: “My heart goes out to all the victims of this horrible crime and their families. With so much evil in this world, I pray this tragedy will draw people closer to the Lord and cause our nation to seek Him once again. “For blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).”
“The Lord promises to be close to the brokenhearted. And so many hearts are broken. Christ knows this suffering personally. Prayers and heartfelt condolences for all touched by this unthinkable crime in Las Vegas. And God bless the first responders and civilians for their sacrifice, bravery and care. May our country be united through this tragedy,” said GRETCHEN KESKEYS.
FRANCES DROST said: “As a musician, my heart goes out to those who were performing and to all the fans who were attending. Live music is meant to be a community experience and the thought of that being threatened in today’s world breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as with the family of the shooter.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with those who are in the midst of unimaginable grief following the harrowing experience they have endured in Las Vegas. When there are no words to convey the depths of our thoughts, we can pray to the One who knows the cries of our hearts. He is the hope we can cling to in this world where much seems to be broken,” said LESLIE MCKEE.
ABIGAIL SLOANE said: “My heart is broken for every person involved in this senseless act. The world is so dark, yet we cannot lose hope. Hope is what tethers us to eternity and we mustn’t, at any cost, lose eternity.”
“Our hearts are heavy for those hurting in Las Vegas. Personally, it has caused us to ask ourselves how well we are loving those around us… We are praying for those who are affected by loss, deep pain and inconsolable grief. We are remembering the difficult words of an ancient saying: “Love your enemies. Pray for those that hurt you. Grieve with those who are grieving. Comfort broken hearts around you.” Tell people around you that you love them today. Don’t wait… act on the love inside of you,” said MOUNTAINCITY.
Evelyn Gibson, Ambassador Advertising Agency in Irvine, CA ambassadoradvertising.com told ASSIST News: “It’s always heartening to see the Christian community jump into action! Many of the ministries we represent have done, and are doing, the same to encourage listeners!”
Gibson said Anne Graham Lotz had a replacement program ready to go early Monday morning to air Tuesday, Joni Eareckson Tada also did a replacement program for Tuesday filled with encouragement and hope in Christ even in these dark days.
She also said Max Lucado issued a piece that USA Today picked up to encourage and help heal in these days of extreme grief and anxiety, and Bob Lepine from FamilyLife spoke to the same kind of hope in a blog Monday.
Gibson said: “It’s gratifying to work with people who are living out 2nd Chronicles 29:11: ‘. . .do not be now negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers.’”
In commentary and analysis titled Act of Pure Evil for the Christian Emergency Network (www.christianemergencynetwork.org), founder Mary Marr wrote: “In an act of pure evil, 64-year-old Steve Paddock opened fire this morning on a crowded music concert in Las Vegas, NV. With over 22,000 in attendance for the open air event the gunman strategically killed 58 and injured over 500 more. President Donald Trump called for a complete investigation, strengthening of the national bonds and values that unite us, and for prayers and support for those who are suffering.
Marr said that as the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation probes, what appears to be a “lone wolf” incident, for motive and why the perpetrator chose this soft target, local police nationwide consider checking the bags of those entering hotels or high-rise buildings.
“One local police officer responding alongside other heroic first responders, both professional and self-deployed, said: ‘We knew it was just a matter of time before this became local.’ Christians need to follow the example of Jesus Christ, our “First Responder” to mobilize and respond as one to these increasingly unsettling incidents.”
Marr continued: “The Lord wants us to be ready for these uncertain times. He is waking up His disciples from their spiritual slumber, denial, uncertainty, and general lack of preparedness for the days ahead. From the ravages of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, to the earthquakes and volcanoes forcing evacuations globally, with an increase in church vandalism and shootings, or cyber-attacks affecting millions there is destruction all around us.
“We need only to turn to God who spoke directly of acts of pure evil, like the Las Vegas massacre, when He said: ‘I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of the faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with them.’ (Psalm 101: 3-4). God’s power breaks this bondage to overcome the adversary!”
Marr said the Scriptures point the way, as Christians are to bring the Hope of Christ in any emergency large or small. “We are to pray in one accord, care for survivors and first responders, and sensitively share the answers when those in crisis ask: ‘Where is God in this?’”
What would happen if something like this were to strike your family, church, or community?
Be ready to give an answer for the Hope of Christ within you and mobilize your family, church, or Christian community spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. CEN offers three FREE resources to help you prepare. Learn more here: www.christianemergencynetwork.org.
- ** For the survivors, their families, and first responders that the Lord will strengthen them, and give them the peace that ” passes all understanding.” And, for their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing to work through this tragedy and turn the pain for good.
- ** For local churches to open their doors in support of those who are hurting and seeking answers. Help us, as Christians, to actively listen!
- ** For churches to unite to assist in the response effort with wisdom
Marr suggested the following responses:
- ** Reach out to those who have lost loved ones and offer support. A hug goes a long way in reaching those who are hurting and grieving.
- ** Send a note of thanks to a first responder in your area to express gratitude for how they put their lives on the line for you every day, especially running into the line of fire.
She suggests sharing:
- Faith: “We have this hope (Jesus) as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19
- Hope: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:6
- Love: “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another. Love as brothers. Be tenderhearted, be courteous, not returning evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, returning blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you might inherit a blessing.” I Peter 3:8-9
To help churches and individuals get started, Marr said concerned believers should go to www.christianemergencynetwork.org, download CEN’s FREE ReadyChurch online training at https://www.christianemergencynetwork.org/training-programs/readychurch , and contact a CEN Advisor for assistance as needed at https://www.christianemergencynetwork.org/advisors.
GoFundMe Raises Financial Support
With the death toll at 59 and climbing, and more than 500 injured, Sunday’s attack is the deadliest mass shooting to ever take place in the United States. More than two million dollars has been raised for the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, set up by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, in a matter of hours. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund. We are raising funds to assist the victims of the tragic Las Vegas shooting. Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.
Media Contact for more information on Christian artists and their response to the Las Vegas shooting: Brian Mayes, Publicist, Nashville Publicity Group, Phone: 615-771-2040, email@example.com
Photo captions: 1) Pat Boone. 2) CEN Logo. 3) Las Vegas night scene. 4) Michael Ireland.
About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister, and an award-winning local cable-TV program host/producer who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. You may follow Michael on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MichaelIrelandMediaMissionary.com , and on Twitter at @Michael_ASSIST. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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